Azienda Agricola Vadiaperti

Montefredane (Avellino) | Campania

 

raffaele_cellardoorSince the end of the nineteenth century, the Troisi family of Azienda Agricola Vadiaperti has championed the wines of Irpina, a historic vine-growing region in southern Italia.

Winemaker Raffaele Troisi is a vine grower from a generations-long line of passionate family members who dedicated their lives to the fruit of the vine. Raffaele’s great-grandfather Antonio was its vanguard, moving to the United States in the early 1900s to establish a wine importing company focused on sourcing pure wines from Irpina to sell in New York.

Back home in Montefredane, his son Raffaele was the first Troisi to plant vines, with an eye to local varieties such as Fiano and Coda di Volpe. While Raffaele died young, his wife Elisa kept his vision alive, and over the decades, became one of the region’s most knowledgeable vine growers, a natural talent who could determine the health of her vines or the right time to harvest by sight and touch.

It was Elisa’s son Antonio who took the family farm into the commercial realm, bottling in 1984 the very first single-variety Fiano wine. And Antonio’s son Raffaele—who today runs the family estate in Montefredane—worked side by side with his father in the cantina and the fields for years, before he took the reins himself in 1998.

Since then, his focus as a Troisi has remained true: honor Irpina’s native grapes, its exceptional soils, and the traditions and knowledge of those before him. And exceptional certainly describes this estate: vineyards are located from 1,200 to 2,100 feet above sea level in the hills of Montefredane, on volcanic “tufo” soils. The mild Mediterranean climate, the cooler temperatures at altitude, and the mineral-rich soils combine for white wines of impeccable balance and finesse.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Estate vineyards are located in and around the town of Montefredane, from 1,200 to 2,100 feet above sea level. Soils combine volcanic rock and well-draining tufo, which are mineral-rich soils. Vines range from 25 to 50 years old. At this altitude, harvest typically runs into mid-October.

The family historically has only made single-variety wines; in fact, winemaker Raffaele Troisi’s father was the first to bottle a commercial single-variety Fiano wine.

Grapes are harvested by hand and pressed full cluster directly, fermenting on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Wines are aged on fine lees in tank.

WHITE WINES

Coda di Volpe

Coda di Volpe is a white grape native to Campania, and its name means “tail of the fox.” Estate vineyards sit at 2,100 feet above sea level. All tank made. Aromas of honey, wet stone and herbs. Lively and juicy, with a resinous, honeyed finish.

 

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Coda di Volpe 'Torama'

Winemaker Raffaele Troisi’s family was the first to bottle a single-varietal Coda di Volpe wine, showcasing this rare grape’s plush, fruity character and harvesting carefully to preserve its natural acidity and mineral verve. ‘Torama’ is a special selection of older vines from high-altitude vineyards; a stellar white wine that ages tremendously.

 

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Fiano di Avellino

Fiano is one of southern Italia’s oldest white grape varieties, and was widely enjoyed in Roman times. Campania is its native land. Estate vineyards sit at 1,200 feet. All tank made. Aromas of apple, pear and hazelnut. Pure and creamy, with lifting acidity and a peppery finish.

 

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Fiano di Avellino 'Aipierti'

A special selection of fruit from older Fiano vines from estate vineyards at 1,200 feet above sea level. “Aipierti” in Campanian dialect means “Vadiaperti,” which is what locals call the area (“open passages”) surrounding the Troisi estate. All tank made. Aromas of smoke, pear and wildflowers. Weighty and concentrated; long finish. Great cellar potential.

 

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Established: 1984
Winemaker: Raffaele Troisi
Region: Italia • Campania • Montefredane (Avellino)
Vineyard size: 24 acres

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